Facebook has announced the winners of its first ever Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge for the Middle East and North Afrika (MENA). Winners in all three categories of the challenge are from Afrika.
The three winners, two from Egypt and one from Morocco, won a prize of $20,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship.
![Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa](/content/images/2017/06/Emeka-Afigbo-Facebook-Partnerships.jpg)
Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa.
“It's been nearly five months since we first invited submissions for the 2017 Bots for Messenger Challenge and we're excited to share the winners. We were incredibly impressed with the bot submissions we received and the commitment to excellence that all the contestants have demonstrated, since the launch of the contest. We congratulate all the winners, wish them luck and thank all of the participants for making the Bots for Messenger Challenge a success! We look forward to seeing these bots continue to evolve into strong services for their communities.” said Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa.
The Bots for Messenger Challenge was launched on 15 February 2017 across the Middle East and Afrika to recognize and reward developers who were able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger as Facebook stated.
The winning teams in the three different categories are:
Trivoxx, Morocco: winner of the Gaming and Entertainment category. It is a bot that allows users to test their trivia on sports, science, and cities in three languages: Arabic, French, and English.
Mr. Ink, Egypt: winner of the Productivity and Utility category. It allows users to either type a book name, or snap a photo of the book cover, to obtain information about the book including its author, rating, and book description.
- MathHook, Egypt: winner of the Social Good category. This Facebook Messenger Bot brings mathematics into everyone’s life by helping users to solve complex math problems and search for math courses on YouTube across 3,000 math videos. There's also a chat function to connect users with teachers or other students to solve math problems.